Thursday, November 26, 2009

Lakefield wedding photographer - Colleen and Amanda's weekend wedding o' fun!

We spent a fabulous day with Colleen, Amanda, and their friends and family, as they celebrated their wedding at Camp Kawartha in Lakefield. With a long shared history of working at various camps and a love for the outdoors, the location was a perfect choice!

Instead of bouquets, the couple decorated canoe paddles to carry as they walked down the aisle.

They also included some wonderful readings during the ceremony, including "I Like You" by Sandol Stoddard Warburg, which I think is quickly becoming one of my favourites. Amanda's dad made the backdrop you see behind them for the ceremony - the design was based on a graphic from their invitation.
There were so many meaningful touches throughout the day. As the ceremony progressed, guests were asked to pass the couple's rings along, taking a moment to send a good wish or a blessing onto them. (Rings they made themselves, by the way!)

Camp Kawartha has so many beautiful spots for photos - I didn't even mind wading into the lake for this one.
Are they not the cutest?
The wedding party was made up of Colleen and Amanda's siblings - we had a ton of fun shooting with them!
The reception also had some fabulous home made touches - a make your own wine glass charm station, a decorate your guestbook entry station, a decorate your table station, and a trivia contest about the newlyweds (with prizes for both accuracy and most creatively wrong anwers!) run by the MC's.
Ah, yes. And dinner ended with a brownie buffet, made by and served by Colleen and Amanda. I may have had one of these babies. Or two. Can you tell a significant amount of guests worked at camp? :) The whole get the crowd's attention by raising your had thing brought back many memories for me. There were a number of heartfelt and very funny speeches, including a slideshow of the couple from childhood to present day.And the pink dress. This garment had quite a history - it allegedly made appearances at numerous camp dance parties - people would take turns wearing it as a running joke. (Keep an eye out for it in the dance floor photos below!)

And, finally - ring shot. Dessert style. Amanda and Colleen, thank you for including us in your fabulous day! We hope that you are settling into life out west, and we'll be talking soon!

Ottawa wedding photographer - Christine and Tristan are married!

Christine and Tristan were married in the Ottawa area on a lovely Fall day. The ceremony was held in the chapel at A Valley Wedding. The ceremony was slightly delayed (but, as I always say, you need a few good stories to tell people in the years to come!) but it did nothing to dampen anyone's spirits. I love this shot of Christine's dad holding her bouquet for her as he patiently waits for things to get started.

Once everything got started, these two were all smiles....
....and literally only had eyes for each other.
Married! I love that you can see the officiant cheering behind Christine and Tristan as they kiss.
The chapel had this GORGEOUS field out front with perfect light - just waiting for some images to be taken! Thanks to all members of the wedding party for making your way through the mud, weeds, and thorns so we could get these shots!
And then it was off to Manderlay on the Green golf club for more photos and the reception.....where we again scored with some fabulous warm and glowy light! Christine and Tristan were so much fun and brought a great enthusiasm to their shoot. We are so lucky in that we always seem to attract couples who are excited about getting great images, and these two were no exception. You can always see it in the results!As dinner got started, Christine took a moment to thank everyone for coming, and let the guests know that since she was not a huge fan of PDA's, she had set some challenges in place if they wanted to see her and Tristan kiss. Guests could make a donation to charity or sing a song with the word love in it. This, of course, was not much of a deterrent. ;) And, yes, they are singing skinnamarink here! (Ah, Sharon Lois and Bram!)A great deal of kissing occured during dinner.After dinner, the bride and groom shared a very romantic first dance.... And then the party began!

And, to finish off the night - ring shot, guestbook style. :)
Christine and Tristan, thank you for inviting us to be a part of your special day! It was an honour to get to know you both a little and spend time with your friends and family! We're looking forward to showing you the rest of your images, and wish you a lifetime of love and happiness together!